SoCal Musician Dies After Being Brutally Beaten in Guitar Shop Robbery

Edward "Larry" Robinson, 64, was critically injured in a robbery at Pete's Music and Guitar Shop in Temecula

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    Hundreds honored Larry Robinson, a veteran Southern California musician who was beaten to death Friday during an armed robbery at a Temecula guitar store where he worked. Jane Yamamoto reports from Temecula for the NBC4 News at 11 p.m. on March 24, 2013. (Published Sunday, Mar 24, 2013)

    A Southern California musician who died after from injuries he suffered in a brutal beating and robbery at his workplace in Temecula was remembered late Sunday as a man who "lived and breathed music."

    Edward "Larry" Robinson, 64, was critically beaten Friday during a robbery at Pete’s Music and Guitar Shop in the 28000 block of Old Town Front Street. Robinson was working his shift at the shop at the time of the robbery.

    Deputies said the store owner had called authorities Friday to check on Robinson because he hadn’t been heard from him in several hours.

    Robinson was found tied up, severely beaten and unconscious in the store at about 7:30 p.m. He died Saturday from his injuries, officials said.

    The case is being investigated as a murder and robbery as some items, including a guitar, were stolen from the shop.

    Officials are still searching for the attackers responsible, and are asking anyone with information on about this case to call deputies at (951) 955-2777 or (951) 696-3000.

    The website for Pete’s Music and Guitar Shop has posted a tribute for Robinson on their homepage.

    Co-workers, friends and loved ones plan to held a candlelight vigil Sunday night in front of the Old Town Temecula music shop in honor of Robinson, a resident of northern San Diego County. Donations were collected at the vigil for Robinson’s family.

    On Sunday, friend Jon Bart told NBC 7 in San Diego that Robinson will be greatly missed.

    "Larry is an outstanding musician, composer and human being," Bart said. "He was an asset to Fallbrook and San Diego and a great mentor to young artists."

    Bart said Robinson’s final public performance before his death was Wednesday, March 20, at the Valley Fort Open Mic in Fallbrook. Bart said his 16-year-old son, Michael Bart, performed alongside Robinson that night.

    "Larry will be very missed," Bart said.

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